Does a legal immigrant's permanent house abroad count as asset for Medicaid eligibility?

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I intend to apply for Medicaid next year when I complete 5 years in NJ as an Immigrant. My pension abroad is within Medicaid income limits but I have a self occupied house abroad where I live whenever I go there. I do not have any property in USA and I live with my son and his family in NJ. Will the house abroad be considered as an asset for Medicaid eligibility or will I have to transfer the same to my son? I do not want to sell the house.

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To get an answer to this, I think you need a VERY smart Elder Law attorney who also knows a lot about immigration issues!
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PS - I googled it, and as I read it, a green card holder is eligible after 5 years.

Candca2, do you mean Medicare, which is based on age, or Medicaid? My opinion is that if you have a very valuable home overseas, you should not apply for Medicaid, which is for poor people. If it's not very valuable, will they find out about it? Will it count as your "home," so that they would let you keep it but try to recover the value after your death?

To get an answer to this, I think you need a VERY smart Elder Law attorney!
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I want to general and specialist clinical care for me and my wife who has diabetes, high blood pressure and rheumatic arthritis. I suffer from acid reflux and high BP. candca2
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Bear in mind that certain benefits are based on household income and not just yours. Also bear in mind that after the five-year mark you need to become a citizen in order to get federal benefits. While Medicaid may cover an emergency illness, a request for long term benefits can work against you.
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What Medicaid program are you applying for?
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